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Many of our members are accomplished astrophotographers, and a few are award winning! If you’d like to use a photo for news media or other purposes, please ask as copyright often applies. Email photos@sas.org.au if there is a photo you’d like to use, and remember to credit the photographer.

A telescope is a time machine they say, looking into the past at events like this that happened long ago, in this case about 3-4000 years ago. But this is also a look into the future of us. The small blue star at the centre was something like our Sun, and eventually collapsed at the end of it’s life and burst violently like this, leaving a good amount of oxygen (blue) and other stuff floating around space ready to be recycled into someone else’s problem. Dumbbell Nebula M27 .. quick integration between cloudy nights, less than 1hr Ha luminesce and ~2hrs colour using C11 EHD telescope at F7, zwo 1600MM and QHY247C #astrophotography #celestronrocks #qhyccd #m27 #dumbell ...

Did you know you can take photos of the planets during the day? They’re hard to find and almost invisible to the naked eye. The heat brings focus and equipment issues and stacking is harder with less contrast for the software to align with. This is my first try on Jupiter this afternoon at 4:30pm in broad daylight .. the photo isn’t great but doing non-solar astronomy in the day is weird and worth a shot! C11 Edge HD telescope, 2.5x powermate, @qhyccd_astropic QHY462C colour camera. #astrophotography #jupiter #celestronrocks #qhy #qhyccd #byronbay #dayastronomy ...

Here is a fresh Saturn for you! I didn’t manage to reveal the polar hexagon I know there is room for improvement but I did get the equatorial banding better this time. Saturn is straight up after sunset here in Australia and still looking good! Celestron 11” Edge HD, 2.5x powermate, ZWO RGB filters and ZWO 174MM camera. #astrophotography #byronbay #celestronrocks #saturn ...

Bleary eyed this morning but I also caught Mars looking incredible with it’s slight remaining phase as it gets closer and it’s polar ice cap! 1am AEST with C11 telescope 🙂 🍅 #astrophotography #byronbay #mars #celestronrocks #themartian #universetoday #publicdomain ...

OMG I finally nailed it! Jupiter 2hrs ago using @celestronuniverse 11” EHD / 2.5x powermate, RGB filters @zwoasi 174MM & WinJupos! Easily the best planet photo I’ve taken ever! I’ve never got this storm detail before especially near the poles! 🍻🇦🇺🔭 #Jupiter #astrophotography #winjupos #celestronrocks #byronbay ...

The two craters in the lower left are called Messier and Messier A and were formed by the same impact at a severe angle (1-5°) which @NASAAmes & @Caltech figured out in 1978 by shooting things in their specialist "gun" range / impact chamber. (Taken with C11 Edge HD, 2.5x powermate, & ZWO174MM) #astrophotography #moon #celestronrocks #byronbay #dontvisitnsw ...

Is NGC 7293 the eye of GOD?? Spoiler alert, no. Just a dying star passing wind. Taken this week from the backyard spaceship! Celestron 11" Edge HD, ZWO1600MM, QHY247C, True Colour. Science breakdown of image in new 13min video : YouTube.com/erfmufn .. about 4.5 hours total exposure time over several long nights where most of the data was discarded! It’s the fish that John west rejects that something something ... #astrophotography #celestronrocks #universetoday #youresa #eyeofgod #truecolour #ngc7293 #helix #helixnebula ...

‪As I sat on the beach yesterday looking at the clear blue skies and terrible surf I thought “that’s good seeing - finally!” .. Jupiter just past opposition but moon Io went odd-shaped in post despite its shadow being perfectly round. Still ok results with C11 telescope! ‬You can tell Jupiter is near opposition because it’s so large relatively but also because io’s shadow is so close to it. #celestronrocks #astrophotography #planets #youresa #universetoday #byronbay #jupiter #saturn #starstuff ...

Feels good to be back shooting nebulae again! M20 is a stunningly dual colour region captured here with separate R, G and B runs and broadband luminance. If you aren’t sure what that means, basically I’m shooting with a black and white camera (ZWO 1600mm) but instead of narrowband filters with small bandpasses for chemical signatures, I’m using broadly open filters across the spectrum so the result is a more natural, more realistic representation of the objects natural colour palette. I have increased the saturation of the colours to make it bolder however.
Still working on taming this new setup (Celestron c11 Edge HD / 0.7x reducer / CGX) to get the most of our it but this is a good hint at what it’s capable of. Some star bloat and skew and internal reflections from the ZWO glass on the bright stars which is a problem.
Red : 12 x 3m
Green : 15 x 3m
Blue : 11 x 3m
Broadband : 37 x 3m
Total Integration Time : 2.25 hours over 2 nights. #celestronrocks #astrophotography #cosmicisolation #universetoday #youresa #bintelastronomy #byronbay #nsw #space #nebula
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View from my spaceship. Stay tuned for more exciting views from beyond the clouds and/or solar system. Eventually. ...

With the Byron Bay lighthouse effectively "off" it's much darker out on the cape. Tonight I watched the core rising through a lightning storm offshore which made the whole scene quite dynamic. 1 x 20s / ISO 2500 / f3.2 Canon 6D Mk II / Tokina 16-18mm @ 16mm #canonaustralia #byronbay #visitnsw #nsw #canon #milkyway #astrophotography ...

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